PZ Tuning's Awesome 9th Gen Time Attack Civic
There's nothing like seeing a race car in action. Even more, there is nothing like watching a race car move from a bare shell into a Global Time Attack Unlimited Front Wheel Drive class winning race car. William and Noreen Au-Yeung welcomed me into their store, Point Zero Audio and PZ Tuning, then opened the shop doors so that I could follow along on the build of this Honda Civic. You may be thinking “Why is PZ Tuning building a car, don't they already have an awesome Acura RSX?” and you would be right, they do. The 532 WHP RSX is an incredible car that got the top podium spot at Road Atlanta and Buttonwillow last year. The 2012 Honda Civic – a 9th generation model – is even more incredible. Untested and with the first laps in anger taking place at Road Atlanta during the Global Time Attack event, the PZ Tuning Honda Civic turned a 1:30.223 to land on the top spot in Unlimited FWD. The second fastest FWD time (I believe) at Road Atlanta. It was at GridLife recently and won Unlimited Front Wheel Drive class with a fast lap of 1:37.055;also setting a new FWD Lap Record at Gingerman. (Cover Pic Credit: Kyle Lewis.)
Enthusiasm is the only adjective that can be used when describing Will and his race cars. Unless I were to use words like optimistic, determined, positive, excited, and panicked. Just three months before the car was to be at Road Atlanta, Will and Noreen were still anxiously waiting for parts to arrive. The build was stalled. But only temporarily. Then one week – no typo here, the car had never been on a track before this – one week prior to GTA at Road Atlanta the Civic was out for some real time testing at Toronto Motorsports Park. This is a small track that would not provide a venue for high speed testing yet would allow track work to test out the car's viability. It proved that the car was not yet ready. The pressure was on and the clock counting down rapidly.
This testing was so very important, as it demonstrated a shortfall in the throttle assembly. Back at the shop, Will had a replacement throttle body from K-Tuned ready to go. It simply meant unbolting the existing unit and then fabricating an entirely new piping system from the throttle body to the Vibrant intercooler, and presto – just like magic it was ready to go. No sweat. Of course, untested. Will had no idea how the car would react at the speeds that Road Atlanta loves.